Since it has been somewhat of a slow news day, I have been busy doing loads
of computer work (playing catch up). So to make sure I have a couple posts
today, here is a great article I saw on the
Normal Life Over for Protesting Mother
By MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer
Before her son was killed in Iraq, before she began a peace vigil outside
President Bush's Texas ranch, before she became an icon of the anti-war
movement and the face of grieving mothers, there was a time when Cindy
Sheehan's life was, by all appearances, incredibly normal.
She grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, and married her high school
sweetheart, Patrick Sheehan. They had four babies, one almost every other
year. They drove their growing clan in a huge, yellow station wagon nicknamed
the "BananaMobile." She volunteered at a Vacaville church and later, as the
children grew, she worked there.
Normal life ended for Cindy Sheehan in April 2004, when her oldest son
Casey, 24, a father of twin girls, was killed in Iraq.
First, she says, "I was a Mom in deep shock and deep grief."
Then, two months later, came what she considered to be a disturbingly
placid meeting with President Bush. While she found him to be a "man of
faith," she also said later that he seemed "totally disconnected from humanity
and reality." And when she later heard him speak of soldiers' deaths as
"noble," Sheehan felt she had to do something.
"The shock has worn off and deep anger has set in," she said.